What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe and reliable intervention used by millions around the world, when conducted by trained practitioners. It successfully treats a wide variety of conditions.

For more information on what evidence is available (based on current research) for whether acupuncture could help, please click on the conditions below,

What can it do for me?

Some people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventive measure, or simply to improve their general sense of wellbeing. Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions.

Because we treat the person, not just the condition, each patient's treatment plan will be different. However, you can always ask me about other patients' experiences, to give you an idea of what to expect. Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.

For information on current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture, have a look at  http://www.acupuncture.org.uk

Is acupuncture safe?

Who has acupuncture?

Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pains like osteoarthritis of the knee.  Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing.  It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.

Acupuncture works to help maintain your body's equilibrium. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of 'qi', your body's vital energy. For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in some symptoms of pain and illness. In certain instances, traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.

Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition as well as your main symptoms. This approach helps with resolving your problem and enhancing your feeling of wellbeing. You may notice other niggling problems resolve as your main health complaint improves.

Acupuncture originated in China and other far eastern cultures where it still features in mainstream healthcare, both as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with conventional western medicine.  Originally developed thousands of years ago,  many different styles  have emerged as it spread across and beyond China. My practice is based on TCM style. Acupuncture is now widely used and accepted all over the world. In the UK, more and more people are finding out what acupuncture can do for them.